meaning "five tongues" and the species name sempervirens is Latin, and means Alkanet, or popularly known as alkane has several similar names such as dyer’s bugloss or hoary puccoon. Ladybird4 Third rock from the sun Posts: 29,577. They displace native plant species, interfere with the production of agricultural crops, increase erosion, destroy wildlife habitat and decrease property values. Male early mining bee (Bombus pratorum) on green alkanet. It is a nightmare weed. It can grow Bee fly (Bombylius major) nectaring on herb robert Male early mining bee (Bombus pratorum) on green alkanet. See active ingredients, product application, restrictions, and more. The second part of its scientific, latin, name (Pentaglottis sempervirens) means ‘always alive’ or evergreen, possibly because the leaves start to appear in late winter or early spring, adding a splash of green to the last grey tendrils of winter. **Add this bee-utiful hive to your apiary while supplies last** The Cedar Wood Hive Kit is $980.00. It's in just about the sunniest spot in the whole garden (received wisdom says the green alkanet is useful for semi-shade, and it probably is, but the bristliness and the Spanish homeland says that this is really a plant equipped for sun). Allow the flower to remain for the bees. Bees Needs Part 3 – a primary school garden Continuing our “Bees Needs” theme, we asked Rose who manages a primary school garden, which plants the bees liked the best. upto about 80cm / 32 inches, and the flower stems are quite hairy. It is the favourite plant - the overwhelmingly favourite plant - of a crowd of small bumble-bees. We want to keep some of it but despite a lot of digging, it keeps coming back where we don't want it. It reminds me a little of forget-me-nots, with its small This is all 100% It is pollinated by bees and bumblebees. The flowers have moved on since my last post in May. I finally got a photo of one beginning of June. borage, tight clusters of flowers (see buds to the left above), green alkanet sparser flowers (see below) Prevalence of Borage and Green Alkanet. This bee nests in tunnels in dry ground, or in old walls. Every one is worth growing for bees, if you have the space and can deal with the prickles. It’s a cousin of the forget-me-not, borage and comfrey and is a very good food plant for bumblebees, some solitary bees, hoverflies, orange tip butterflies, and the caterpillars of the scarlet tiger moth. It is tolerant of slightly shaded verges, but I also see it blooming happily along the sunny roadside verge. It also has medicinal properties as salve and for pulmonary issues. Hollyhocks. How many plants are there? I have some huge (for my garden) clumps of lesser knapweed. :) from Jasmine 7 May 2016 at 20:53 Once the flowers are over (late summer/autumn) remove leafless alkanet flower and root and dispose of in council compost. Looking like a particularly robust forget-me-not (to which it is related), Alkanet, Pentalottis sempervirens, can be seen growing in urban situations beneath hedgerows, on waste ground and in neglected gardens and allotments - but it has not always been so. View gallery. Moths too visit the flowers because they … Each leaf becomes a large, prickly green paddle, well protected from hungry wildlife. as green alkanet. Join now. So why is it called green alkanet? Once the flowers are over (late summer/autumn) remove leafless alkanet flower and root and dispose of in council compost. This garden is a fantastic resource for children to learn about nature in a garden managed for wildlife. It also likes Viola odorata, Pulmonaria, especially P. longifolia, Cerinthe, and Green alkanet (Pentaglottis). Note: Please note that insects do not adhere to man-drawn borders on a map and as such they may be found beyond their listed 'reach' showcased on our website. The bees go right inside the flowers. Green alkanet. suzie000 Posts: 8. •Bee Brush •Smoker (Red, Green, Yellow or Blue) •Queen Excluder •Entrance Reducer •Wood Handle Frame Grip •Frame Perch •50% off coupon to an "Inside the Hive Class" at pickup! Please call in advance so we can have your supplies ready when you arrive. Hollyhocks. Bees Favourite. The 20x bare roots will be wrapped individually in brown paper and packaged in a PB5 padded bag with shredded brown paper void fill. At the Ecology Centre we are provided with gauntlets – tough, rugged gloves reaching almost to the elbow – for tasks involving prickly plants. Other names: Bird’s Eye,  De Overblijvende ossentong (Dutch), Evergreen Bugloss, Green-leaved Perilla, Pheasant’s Eye. Green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) is a member of the Boraginaceae family, the same as forget-me-not’s, hence my confusion but is more closely related to borage and comfrey. I see bees on the green alkanet from as soon as they flower but I did not note dates. But what about its worth as a dye plant? Needs to be contained, if you don't want it to spread. Globe Thistle, August. This was the first male of the season for me and looks very fresh with bright colours. What's the difference between honey, bumble and solitary bees? Good ‘Weeds’ for Bees - Page 2 Mallows (Malva sp.) 5 Reasons To Add Wildflowers To Your Garden, Why Honey Bees And Honey Bee Deaths Matter, Planning a bee-friendly garden - free PDF. Green Alkanet. Along the country lanes where I live, Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis It is pollinated by bees and bumblebees. However, an alternative plant offering similar (or even better) value for bees is Anchusa officinalis, also known simply as 'alkanet' or Common Bugloss - another cousin of the borage plant. Knautia Macedonia, June. Green Alkanet grows mostly along the east coast of Ireland but is found in many gardens, however be warned, once it gets into your garden, it is quite difficult to expel it as it has a very stubborn tap root. The leaves are compostable. It also likes Viola odorata, Pulmonaria, especially P. longifolia, Cerinthe, and Green alkanet (Pentaglottis). They will seek out the last blooms on stems that have fallen to the ground. This plant is much visited by bees and belongs to the family Boraginaceae. something different. Plant either of these and you will see this bee in quantity. Noxious weeds are one of the greatest threats to the Kansas environment. Anyway, the reason I’m such a big fan of it, is because so Insects are typically drawn to a given area by available food supply, weather, environmental factors (pollution, etc...), water supply, mating patterns, etc... and can be territorial. Butterflies, bees and hoverflies have loved this weather and we have had many new sightings, on Rose ‘Canary Bird’, dandelions and perennial wallflowers in our back garden and, a short walk away, in Earlham Cemetery. July 2016. Join the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9. A star attraction in Earlham Cemetery has been Green Alkanet, Pentaglottis sempervirens. Here at Lappe's Bee Supply, we promote successful beekeeping by offering the highest quality beekeeping supplies, the best live honey bees and queen bees around, and a ton of bee keeping 101 knowledge to all beekeepers! lavender, June. Flowers. English, and from Old Spanish alcaneta; the genus name Pentaglottis tap root. Snap Bob. Green alkanet spreads around and there's usually more than one plant. This bee absolutely adores early flowering Comfrey (Symphytum Hidcote Blue, and S. grandiflorum) as a nectar source. Yes, it's pretty and the bees love it but it's taking over the garden. Each leaf becomes a large, prickly green paddle, well protected from hungry wildlife. especially hedge woundwort Hempnettles (Galeopsis sp.) by bees: borage and comfrey. Green alkanet blooms in spring and early summer. flower-tubes which end in a white eye in the centre of a blue flower. Even in years when bee numbers were down, some always found their way to this garden to visit the Green Alkanet. Green Alkanet is a perennial wildflower, native to Western Europe. The young plant is soft, fuzzy and easily handled. Bees are irresistably drawn to this wildflower. Iris Foetidissima May/June. It is a pretty plant on its own, but it becomes more interesting when its … Its stamens are hidden inside narrow flower-tubes which end … "always alive", or "evergreen". The leaves are hairy green like Bugloss’s leaves. and by my bees. Flowers, which are an intense BLUE, may appear as early as March & bloom well into the summer. Note the generally furry look, the yellow head and the orange-pink tail. Common carder bee and Early bumblebee on green alkanet. Honey The bees go right inside the flowers. MIND THE PRICKLES If you dig it up, any morsel of root left in the ground will become another Green Alkanet. The leaves are compostable. lavender, June. This bee nests in tunnels in dry ground, or in old walls. Hi, I'm helping a friend sort the garden out and we identified a flower/weed? Green Alkanet is a perennial wildflower, native to Western Europe. July 2016 in Plants. Green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) is a member of the Boraginaceae family, the same as forget-me-not’s, hence my confusion but is more closely related to borage and comfrey. Alkanet root is quite large and thick with reddish color. This plant is much visited by bees and belongs to the family Boraginaceae. According to the RHS, Green alkanet spreads by seed and regenerates from the deep perennial Green alkanet can look similar to annual bugloss (Anchusa arvensis), common bugloss (Anchusa officinalis) and blueweed (Echium vulgare), other plants in the Boraginaceae family. Alys Fowler answered a question about whether green alkanet could be composted recently: I have heard this before, too, but it really is fine to compost, although you may want to soak it in a bucket of water for a few weeks first to make sure it doesn't rise from the dead via roots that haven't quite rotted away. Humans working near the plant should wear gloves. :) from Jasmine 7 May 2016 at 20:53 green alkanet Sold by 3 nurseries. It is related to two herb plants also loved Thus it provides welcome food in early-mid Spring. The genus name Pentaglottis is Greek, meaning "five tongues", and the species name sempervirens is Latin, and means "always alive", or "evergreen". It was growing here and other yards in my neighborhood. https://www.7wells.co.uk/alkanet-389-p-asp. blue flowers, but look closely and the leaves and stem are a give-away that it’s Plants grow in partly shaded to shaded sites in garden settings, woodlands and … I finally got a photo of one beginning of June. Place your orders to buy live bee hives online or call us at 641-728-4361 to pick up local from our bee supply honey farms. Seeing so many bee visitors, garden guests are likely to ask ‘What is that blue flower?’. This bee absolutely adores early flowering Comfrey (Symphytum Hidcote Blue, and S. grandiflorum) as a nectar source. 6 more photos VIEW GALLERY. I have loads of different lavender, and a pink be a blue ceanothus, all of which the bees love. – Green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens), – White dead-nettle (Lamium album, – Red dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum ... or Hedge Brown butterfly, Bees along with Hoverflies pollinate its large white bell shaped flowers. View the product label for Hye-Green 2-18-40 from Gar Tootelian. Yes, it's pretty and the bees love it but it's taking over the garden. It enjoys damp shaded places and once it finds a home it likes, it can become a rampant weed self seeding and regenerating from its deep roots. Green alkanet blooms in spring and early summer. I also see it blooming happily along the sunny roadside verge. The word “alkanet” derives from Middle English,  from Old Spanish alcaneta, diminutive of alcana, “henna”, from Medieval Latin alchanna, from Arabic al-ḥinnā’,’henna’: The genus name Pentaglottis is Greek, meaning “five tongues”, and the species name sempervirens is Latin and means “always alive”, or “evergreen”. Green alkanet self-seeds widely and takes a while to get established before blooming. July 2016 in Plants. as green alkanet. Allow the flower to remain for the bees. It is tolerant of slightly shaded verges, but The bees adore the flower, so one way is to wait for the flowers, then cut off and compost all leaves. Here's what I've been finding them on in local parks.… OP, I have masses of green alkanet too. It is the favourite plant - the overwhelmingly favourite plant - of a crowd of small bumble-bees. Our hours are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday-Friday and weekends by appointment. But what about its worth as a dye plant? This can be a bit of a thug in gardens but bees love it. London bees now have a new mix of wild and garden flowers to choose from. Bugloss (Anchusa arvensis) Gromwell (Lithospermum officinale) Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) but leaves have hairs that sting, so gloves are needed when tidying it up after flowering. This was the first male of the season for me and looks very fresh with bright colours. It should be said that some people do regard this plant as 'not ideal' for the garden, for the simple reason that it can spread rapidly. Family: Boraginaceae: Genus: Pentaglottis (pen-tuh-GLOT ... now it's taken up a lot of space in mine. It enjoys damp shaded places and once it finds a home it likes, it can become a rampant weed self seeding and regenerating from its deep roots. So, so invasive and it spreads like wildfire and grows quickly and roots so deeply and strongly. Iris Foetidissima May/June. If only I could have persuaded this mason bee to keep still whilst I took its photograph! 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